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Practical Information

Contact Information:

Louwarnoud van der Duim- University of Groningen
Email: here

Cecilia Heidelberger – HUMANE Secretariat
Email: here

Venue Details

The HUMANE Spring Seminar will take at:

Van Swinderen Huys

Oude Boteringestraat 19, 9712 GC Groningen Google Map


The updated programme is available: here

Seminar Fee

The seminar fee for HUMANE Members is €640 (for non-members the fee is €790 – see below). This includes the Seminar Dinner on Thursday evening, lunch and coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday. It does not include travel or accommodation.

Non HUMANE Members may attend if they meet the following criteria: they are from a higher education institution that delivers degree programmes in at least two of the three Bologna cycles (BA, MA, doctorate). Non-member applications are subject to review before acceptance. The Secretariat will apply the correct fee.


You are responsible for your own hotel reservation.

All hotels are walking distance (less than 10 minutes) to the venue and are in the city centre of Groningen with an abundance of shops, restaurants and cafés. However there are many hotels and other types of accommodation in Groningen. We suggest that participants consult websites like booking.com to see what is available and at what rates since these rates vary almost daily based on demand.

Prinsenhof Hotel
Martinikerkhof 23, 9712 JH Gronongen – [email protected]
High end hotel in a former monastery with unique rooms and suites

Market Hotel
Grote Markt 31, 9712 HS Groningen – [email protected]
Brand new hotel directly on the central square in Groningen

Halbert Hotel
Oude Boteringestraat 43, 9712 GD Groningen – [email protected]
New Hotel in a historical building, directly opposite the building of the board of the University

City Hotel Groningen
Gedempte Kattendiep 25, 9711 PM, Groningen – [email protected]
Hotel with own parking garage and bikes for guest in the centre of Groningen

Meals and Social Programme Information

  • Lunches will be taken at the times indicated in the main programme at the University
  • Details about the Seminar Dinner on Thursday evening will be sent via email to registered participants.

Phishing and email scams

There is an increasing trend for seminars and events to be targeted by phishing and email scams. If you do receive any communication that looks suspicious please contact the HUMANE Secretariat. HUMANE never works with or promotes any third party travel companies in its seminar organisation.

How to reach Groningen

The City of Groningen has excellent connections to all main airports and railway stations in the Netherlands. It is located in the northeast of the Netherlands, approximately 200 km from Amsterdam. The closest airports to the University of Groningen are Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (2hr 10 mins) and Bremen Airport, Bremen, Germany (2hr).

We advise you to use this journey planner for all Dutch public transport.

By Air:

Schiphol – Groningen

You will probably arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, Amsterdam International Airport. The easiest way to travel to Groningen is to take the train. The underground train station is located near Schiphol Plaza, within several minutes walking distance from the luggage claim. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen and known as NS. You will recognise it by its yellow and blue colours. Look out for the yellow illuminated signs that direct you ‘To the trains’.

There is a direct hourly train service to Groningen from Schiphol Airport. Additional connections every hour involve just one change of trains. Make sure that you board one of the carriages marked with the destination Groningen (the other part of the train travels to Leeuwarden). The journey from Amsterdam or Schiphol Airport to Groningen takes a little over 2 hours.

Bremen – Groningen

Another way to arrive in the Netherlands is via Bremen Airport. The cheapest and easiest way to travel from Bremen to Groningen is to take the Flixbus. This will take you from Bremen to Groningen in about 2,5 hours and costs around 11 euro (one way), depending on the time you travel. You can book your ticket online or buy one directly from the driver. The buses run about 8 times a day, from 6.00h to 22.30h.


Travel with public transport in the Netherlands requires a disposable OV-chip card, which is valid on all public transportation. If you switch to another method of transportation during your trip, you have to check out with the first company and check in with the new one. E.g. if you take a train to Amsterdam and a bus to the city center, do not forget to check out at the train station and check in in the bus. This is also applicable if you transfer from one train company to another.

Please find more information about the system and how to use the OV-chipkaart at the following web pages:

If you will only travel by train, you can also just buy an e-ticket online. Make sure to print is before you travel!

Transportation within Groningen

The venue is located within walking distance of the city centre.


Within the city of Groningen several bus lines connect the outer districts with the city centre and the railway station. The OV-chipkaart can be used to pay for the bus ride, however, paper tickets are still for sale on the bus.


HUMANE and the University of Groningen fully intend to deliver the Spring Seminar in Groningen. If however, restrictions require it to be postponed, participants will be notified with as much notice as possible.

Neither HUMANE or the University of Groningen are liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects during the Spring Seminar in Groningen. Participants attending the Spring Seminar in Groningen do so at their own risk and responsibility.